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More Defendants in Farmers Market Lawsuit


Thursday, May 16, 2013
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An anti-trust lawsuit filed against the Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market Association has been amended, among other additions, to name new defendants who the plaintiffs allege are abusing their board positions for personal economic gain by limiting competition. Those are Todd Burkdoll, owner of Burkdoll Farms in Visalia; Diana Toumey, owner of Lily’s Eggs in Fillmore; Debby Takikawa, owner of Garden of ….. in Santa Ynez; Fred Ormonde, owner of Creekside Apple Ranch in Solvang; and Elizabeth Poett, owner of Rancho San Julian Beef. (Poett is the daughter of Santa Barbara Independent editor-in-chief Marianne Partridge.)

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Shouldn't local Santa Barbara County farmers be first in line to sell at their own local farmers market?

Georgy (anonymous profile)
May 16, 2013 at 4:21 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Is the list on names new plaintiffs or the board? Common sense and local opinion all agree that local farms should be given preference. Perhaps outside farms can establish agreements with locals to also offer their harvest.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
May 16, 2013 at 4:41 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Man was this article hard to find! A friend told me about it, and I looked all over this website and the print edition, and eventually found it. Looks like the wall of silence has grown, and now the Indy seems to be within its' walls. Why won't you take blackpoodles advice and ask the market for some answers? Why won't the market be transparent about it's application process, waitlists etc? And why won't the Indy push them on it? C'mon blackpoodles, journalistic integrity, local agriculture, and a really juicy story. This seems like it is right up your alley. Or did you also have trouble finding the article?

hikindude (anonymous profile)
May 20, 2013 at 7:20 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Typing "Farmers Market Lawsuit" into the Indy's search box brings up all the articles recently written.

Search engine algorithm developers are the unsung heros of the internet.

EastBeach (anonymous profile)
May 20, 2013 at 9:18 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I check the Indy site often, and I had missed this article until today. The Board of SBCFMA is like the Catholic Church hierarchy, long on excuses, short on transparency, and unwilling to evolve. The City, which grants SBCFMA its permit to operate on City streets and parking lot (Saturday), should do a thorough review of SBCFMA practices and demand changes that will benefit the community before renewing SBCFMA's permits. When are those permits up, by the way?

blackpoodles (anonymous profile)
June 23, 2013 at 12:42 p.m. (Suggest removal)

If you only look at the "recent Comments" page it's easy to miss a lot., especially when people go on a rantage..

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
June 23, 2013 at 1:08 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I check the News page regularly, and I had missed it. I think the Indy has been slow to cover this mess and quick to archive articles related to it.

blackpoodles (anonymous profile)
June 23, 2013 at 1:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)

hey ken, you badmouthing foo again?

DrDan (anonymous profile)
June 23, 2013 at 2:40 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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